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Oil Extends Drop as China Stokes Demand Worries


Tuesday, 16 July 2019 08:03 WIB

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Oil extended losses below $60 a barrel after slowing Chinese growth stoked demand concerns and a tropical storm that shut almost three-quarters of U.S. Gulf of Mexico production moved inland.

Futures in New York lost 0.5%, after ending Monday’s session down 1.1% for the biggest loss in almost two weeks. With Hurricane Barry now ashore and weakening, drillers have begun restaffing offshore installations in the Gulf. About 69% of crude output remained shuttered, the U.S. government said Monday, down from 73% over the weekend. Chinese government data, meanwhile, showed the world’s second-largest economy slowed to a three-decade low in the second quarter amid a prolonged trade dispute.

West Texas Intermediate for August delivery fell 28 cents to $59.30 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as at 8:16 a.m. Sydney time. August WTI ended Monday down 63 cents at $59.58.

Brent for September settlement finished 24 cents lower at $66.48 on the ICE Futures Europe Exchange.

Source : Bloomberg


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